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Amie Thomas

Charter Real Estate promotes Amie Thomas to chief financial officer

Amie Thomas has been promoted to the chief financial officer with NAI Charter Real Estate.

She began her career with NAI Charter in 2003 as the company accountant after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance.

In her new role, Thomas handles all the financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting for the corporate accounts, as well as the property management accounts.


Julius Dodds named dean of academic success at Chattanooga State

Julius Dodds has been named dean of academic success at Chattanooga State Community College.

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Julius Dodds

Prior to his work at the college, Dodds served as director of retention and advisement at UTC, and has served in leadership roles at other colleges where he managed academic initiatives.

"Julius has been serving as the director of academic retention since 2011, where he has led the Achieving the Dream and Title III Strengthening Institutions grant work," said Dr. Beth Norton, vice president of academic affairs at UTC.


Robert Rhea heads food, beverages at McLemore golf resort

Robert Rhea has been named director of food and beverage at McLemore, the golf resort and residential community atop Lookout Mountain.

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Robert Rhea

Rhea most recently served as director of food and beverage at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection. While at the Grand Bohemian, Rhea oversaw all aspects of the boutique Marriott's food and beverage program, including the creation of the venue's highly successful weekly brunch event, "The Mad Hatter Brunch and Day Party."

Prior to his tenure in Charleston, Rhea worked at the Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colorado; Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas in Page, Arizona, Hilton Cabana in Miami Beach; Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri and Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida.

Rhea has developed innovative menu and bar concepts, operational strategies, advertising plans and management of multiple revenue centers over his decade-long career. Additionally, Mr. Rhea has met the high brand standards of Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels, Forbes 4 Star, and AAA 4 Diamond properties.

Charlie Rymer, executive vice president of The McLemore Club, said Rhea will help elevate the experience at McLemore.

"As McLemore continues to build its brand as a regional destination, it is important to have strong leadership in place to reach the goals we have set," Rymer said. "Rob Rhea's proven skill and expertise will raise our offerings to new heights. We could not be more pleased to have him join our team."


Taryn Balwinski promoted to open Goodwill's Job Connection Center

For the last 15 years Taryn Balwinski has been working her way up through Goodwill, inspiring and training others along the way. She's held roles in store sales and processing, as an administrative assistant, human resources coordinator, and volunteer and mission services coordinator.

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Taryn Balwinski

Now as the first point of contact at Goodwill's new Job Connection Center, Balwinski is focused on helping others to achieve their career goals. The center is located next to the Goodwill store at 7601 East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.

Free services at the center include help preparing resumes that are more likely to get noticed, polishing interviewing skills and expanding online job searches. The center also has a quiet space that can be booked for conducting job interviews.

"Many people access technology only from a cell phone, and that doesn't work so well when you're searching and applying for jobs," said Cyndee Sims, vice president of workforce development and mission services. "Our new Job Connection Center is especially for helping people who are job ready, and if additional training and services are needed, we'll be able to refer people to Goodwill services as well as other organizations that can help to meet their needs."


Trust Company of Tennessee hires Tracy Sherman as client service associate

The Trust Company of Tennessee has hired Tracy Sherman as client service associate in the firm's Chattanooga office.

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Tracy Sherman

Founded in 1987 and with offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities, The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $4 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

"Tracy brings a wealth of experience in the financial services industry, and is a great resource for our internal teams and clients," said Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee.

Sherman earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, she was a senior administrative specialist for HomeServe in Chattanooga, and served 21 years as office manager for financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman in Charlotte, North Carolina.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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